Casady’s Service Learning Program continues the School’s mission to develop excellence, confidence, and integrity in students, and through Service Learning, it empowers them to realize their potential to make a difference in the community. Service is a path to peace and joy. Casady’s Director of Service Learning and her office are resources to encourage students, faculty, parents, and staff to explore volunteer experiences. “Like a pebble, each small act of service could collectively add to a path to peace.”  Shinnyo-en Foundation, Infinite Paths to Peace
The Upper Division promotes a service-oriented life, with the intention of yielding joy and peace to the participants. The challenge is to maximize potential and make a difference in local and global communities. The charge is to GIVE, GROW, and TRANSFORM. The 45-hour service requirement is intended to align a student’s  heart, mind, spirit, and actions. Students begin the process with a reflective question: If there are infinite paths to peace through service, what’s yours? The Upper Division faculty employs service initiatives through academic curriculum, Student Council, and clubs.  Two service youth boards in the Upper Division are: YAC ( Youth  Active in the Community) and Youth LEAD OKC (Leaders Engaging Across Differences).  

More  information about the Casady Community Service Learning Program at   https://docs.google.com/a/casady.org/document/d/1D9SOhXz_dv9wNX9MLOd_skL7b43fZjgtgfw-ef9MzLM/edit?usp=sharing

Senior Literary Exchange Project  12th grade and Kindergaten

Mrs. Whitney Finley, Lead Teacher, English Department Chair.  Each trimester Casady seniors take a new English course, similar to college seminar courses. Multiple Genre Creative Writing, taught by Whitney Finley, is one of the courses offered during the winter trimester, and students in this course have concluded a unit of study focused on children’s literature.

After spending a few days reading and critiquing children’s literature, the seniors begin the process of crafting their own children's stories. The seniors work diligently on their projects and are conscientious about content, structure, characterization, illustrations, and use of rhetorical devices. The project culminates with an opportunity for the seniors to share their stories with kindergarten children.
2017-2018 Senior Literary Exchange will be the eight year for this project. Casady kindergarteners will now craft their own unique stories and reciprocate a sharing time with seniors in the spring.

Mrs. Finley's Senior English Class students read the children's books they created to kindergarten kids in the Primary Division on Thursday, February 17, 2017 from 2:30-3:00 pm.  

Seniors 2017 Children’s Books


  1. Calvin T. -- “Billy Bumpass and his Map and Compass”

Time: 6:35 / Characters: a boy, his mom, & his dad

Billy feels disappointed that he received a map and a compass for his birthday; however, when Billy and his parents become stranded in fog, his present comes in handy. The story teaches children to openly receive something that might seem uninteresting at first, as it can prove useful and fun after all.

  1. Gabriel T. -- “Griswold the Generous Grizzly”

Time: 5:48 / Characters: woodland animals

Griswold the bear tries to find the lake in order to take a bath before his long, winter nap. Griswold encounters animals that need help along the way, which delays Griswold’s lake venture. However, eventually one of the animals that Griswold chose to help returns the favor and helps Griswold find the lake. The story teaches children that we can find joy in helping others.
  1. Claire D. -- “A Day at the Museum”
Time: 6:04 / Characters: a girl, her mom, & figures in paintings
Harper doesn’t want to spend her day at an art museum, and to make matters worse, she gets lost while in the museum. However, a few talking paintings help Harper to find her mother and to have a fun day enjoying art. The story encourages children to be open-minded to receive unexpected gifts and new experiences.

  1. Livy S. -- “Casey’s Space Adventure”
Time: 4:00 / Characters: a cactus & other plants
A cactus with a love for the stars does everything he can to reach his goal. The story reveals that with hard work and perseverance, we can make our dreams happen.


  1. Mason M. -- “The Adventures of Charlie the Chipmunk”
Time: 3:45 / Characters: 4 animals
A group of animals gets lost in the woods, and they have to find their way back. The story teaches children that teamwork is important because people can use their different strengths to help accomplish a goal.  

  1. Muhammad S. -- “Masquerade”
Time: 3:20 / Characters: a boy & other kids
Gribble wears masks to look like other kids in hopes that this will help him to feel accepted; however, Gribble soon learns that the best way to make friends is to be himself.  The story reveals that the key to friendship is to love yourself as you are.

  1. Dalton B. -- “George the Dancing Giraffe”
Time: 3:20 / Characters: safari animals
Safari animals have a dance party that meets with adversity, but together, they find a solution to continue the party. The story teaches children that when things go wrong, we can work together to find a solution.

  1. Paris C. --“Penelope’s New Pal”
Time: 3:29 / Characters: penguins
Penelope the penguin feels a little down because she doesn't have anyone to swim with. But then, unexpectedly, a new friend comes into her life.  The story teaches children that it’s important to have patience when hoping for something in the future.


  1. Caroline M.
“Becky’s Big Break”
Time: 2:51 / Characters: a girl & other kids
Becky learns to embrace her differences and her love for basketball while struggling to overcome challenges that arise from being different. The story teaches children that being unique isn’t a bad thing; we are all unique in some way.

  1. Reid F.
“Milk and Cookies”
Time: 3:53 / Characters: a boy, Bigfoot, & mom
A little boy becomes lost in the woods on his way to buy milk.  He becomes afraid when he sees Bigfoot, but eventually, Bigfoot helps him on his journey. The story teaches us not to judge others by appearance or preconceived notions; everyone has something good to give in life.

  1. Brayden M.
“Timmy’s Birthday Surprise”
Time: 3:32 / Characters: a boy & a goldfish
On Timmy’s birthday, he receives a goldfish as his present.  He feels disappointed at first but soon learns he loves his new pet.  The story teaches children to be open-minded to receive unexpected gifts and new experiences.

  1. Brett R.
“The Night of the Howling”
Time: 3:13 / Characters: wolves
Danny the wolf feels sad that he cannot howl with the other wolves at “The Night of the Howling.” With a little luck and little ingenuity, Danny finds a way to participate.  The story teaches children that we should do our best to include others, and the story encourages children to think creatively when problems arise in order to find a solution.

  1. Emma R.
“Head in the Clouds”
Time: 3:06 / Characters: a boy, his mom, & classmates
Despite being teased about his hopes to fly a plane, little Ryan helps to land a plane while on Spring break. The story reveals that we should never give up on our dreams, no matter what other people think. 

Senior Metaphor Project 2nd Grade and 12th Grade English Class
Dr. Bonnie Gerard, UD English Lead Project Teacher. The senior English metaphor project with the lower division came about as an idea for how we as a class could share what we are learning about conceptual metaphor and how it shapes thought with the broader community. The second graders have a poetry unit in the spring, and so by coordinating with the second grade team of teachers, we were able to create an interactive cross-divisional lesson plan that would benefit both the second graders and the seniors in content, skills and character development.  This project has been implemented on a yearly basis since 2005.

Meteorology Class and LD Service-Learning Project Proposal
collaboration between Dr. Greg Zamaripa, Science Lead Project Teacher:  Project between meteorology classes and a couple of Science classes in the Lower Division

Meteorology students met with LD students to teach them about tornadoes and safety. High School seniors built tornado models. When boiling water and using a fan above the models, a distinct vortex is created. UD students showed LD students how the tornado models work and also provided some background in how tornadoes form followed with a discussion of safety procedures and smart phone apps available.

Classroom with a Cause 

Sounds great! How do I get started?

2. Students take the Youth Changing the World online training (for middle and high school students) or the Kids in Action online training (for elementary school students).
3. If planning a Classrooms with a Cause project that includes a Global Youth Service Day activity,register your project here.
The Following YAC Projects started at the completion of Classroom with a Cause Independent Study Trimester Courses

- ICS Hope for the Holidays September-December 2015: Katherine's Project  https://classroom.google.com/c/MTA4NzQxNjY1

- The Perfect Pair: Socks for the Homeless Project: March 2016-May 2016:  Ellison's Project


Dormant Service-Learning Upper Division Project

Oklahoma Blue Thumb Program originates from the Oklahoma Conservation Commission's Water Quality Division. It is a nonpoint source pollution education program that is at work throughout the state. Nonpoint source pollution is the "pollution for which the specific point of origin is not well-defined." Both urban and rural lifestyles can contribute, and a few examples of nonpoint source pollution are: Sediment from land clearing activities. Fertilizer and pesticide runoff. Animal waste runoff. Gasoline and oil which enters water bodies. Grass clippings placed in creeks or lakes.  Blue Thumb helps citizens become aware of the power they have to make decisions that help keep our water resources clean.  The Blue Thumb Project Program was part of the ecology class under the supervision of Science Teacher, Mr. Mark Delgrosso

Charity Water Project:  Mr.Josh Bottomly, Lead Teacher, English Class

The project met the goal of raising $20,000 to provide a village in Africa with a well for clean drinking water.  Mr. Bottomly stated, “The service hours are rewarded for students actively participating in partnership with Charity Water to raise $20,000 to provide clean water, new bathroom facilities, and new hygiene resources for 1,000 African students.  

The project was launched in Mr. Bottomly's English elective classroom, Videos and Literature with a Conscience. Students worked collaboratively to leverage their desire to tackle a global issue in a local way.  The majority of in-class work was devoted to strategic planning and creative design (t-shirts, sweat bands, blog, promotional video, and literature).  Outside of class the majority of hours were spent putting the plan into action from speaking in chapel, to organizing and speaking at the Heritage Hall-Casady basketball game, from t-shirt sales to car washes, from organizing and executing Thunder night to organizing and executing 2 dances.

The President of the Student Council, Caitlin Britt demonstrated unstinting leadership.  Early in September, Caitlin was chosen by her classmates unanimously to lead this water campaign.  Not only was Caitlin the impassioned voice of the project, but she was also the guts of the project in terms of showing intestinal fortitude when things got tough.  Caitlin persevered when her peers suffered a kind of "compassion fatigue" and somewhat quit the campaign trail.  She showed gritty resolve and exclaimed a defiant “No" when it looked like we would not reach our $20K goal.  I'll never forget showing up for the car wash and seeing her out in drenching rain washing cars with a few other STUCO members.  Inclement weather was not going to deter Caitlin from her task.  

Rosie Atkinson joined the H2OPE team soon after the project was launched and added kerosene to the fire.  She organized fundraiser events like the Christmas dance, as well as rejuvenated the campaign late this last month when she was able - with the help of her father - to rally generosity and support from 15 local restaurants.  The contributions from these restaurants helped fulfill the mission.  Both of these extraordinary young women deserve recognition for seeing this mission through to the end.  Without both of them, this project would never have succeeded.”

Andes Cultural Preservation Service-Learning Experience: Lead Teacher: Carmen Clay: http://cyclonexploringpossibilities.blogspot.com/2009/06/ollantaytambo-tini-2009-project.html Service Learning Program and Spanish Classes helped build an environmentally friendly playground with the students from an Ollantaytambo elementary school.  After her first trip, a student participated Louisa L'10 stated, “The most rewarding thing was bonding and playing games with my group and when the playground went up; the least, museum tours.  Our instructor Paul was nice and knowledgeable.  He was funny, kind to everyone, and still made sure our best interests were at heart.  Joaquin was funny and seem to know everyone in Peru.  He was helpful and caring and we became close, very close to him and Paul.  The community was very close and affectionate.  It seem to be a carefree lifestyle and kindness was in abundance.”   “The trip made me realize how lucky I am and helped me appreciate it.  It inspired me to help my community.  My group was divided at first, but as time went on, we became very close and now I know I have made great friends.”  Ollantaytambo, Peru, 2009 Andes Cultural Preservation Service-Learning and Language Experience: http://casady-peru-09.blogspot.com/2009/06/casady-peru-first-photo-rafting-and.html Lead teachers: Mrs. Clay (Planning and trip preparation), Miss. Bornhoft and Mr. Pena.  Louisa was also part of a service/language project in Peru from June 1-16, 2009.  The group had reading discussions of the book, Three Cups of Tea facilitated by Mr. Chris Bright and Mr. Pena.  Jason Hunter, from World Leadership School was the onsite contact and facilitated the group reflections in Peru.  Louisa said that "the best part of the trip was meeting her host family.  The worst part was climbing the Andes.  Louisa loved the community and her host family very much.  Her family was “more” than nice and giving.  They went out of their way to help.  Ollanta was fun and loving."  The trip might have not changed her, but made Louisa aware of her luxuries and inspired her to do more with what she has.  She used all the items she packed.  She could not have lived without her warm coat and her filtering water bottle.  She wished she had brought more pants.  She loved the experience.  Louisa’s most memorable moment of her second trip to Peru was playing soccer with the kids because it was a bounding time.  She also overcame her fear of white water rafting. 

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